Kota Kids Died From Hypothermia Lacked Equipment: Report
The sorry state of Kota’s J.K. Lon Hospital is represented in a government-appointed panel’s report which indicates that around 105 kids died in a span of more than a month as a result of cold shivering in the hospital as it lacked everything a standard hospital should have.
The committee formed by the Rajasthan government to probe the lacunae in the hospital leading to the deaths of kids has confirmed in its report that infants died due to hypothermia, a medical emergency that occurs when the body temperature falls below 95 F (35 C). The normal body temperature is 98.6 F (37 C). Even as the kids in the hospital continued to die in the winter, biting cold, the hospital did not have stocks of lifesaving equipment, said the report.
The newborns should have body temperature of 36.5 degree celcius; hence they were stored on warmers where their temperature stays normal. However, as the hospital lacked functional warmers, their body temperature continued to plummet.
The report stated that 22 nebulisers from 28 were dysfunctional, 81 infusion pumps out of 111 were not working and the same was the story with para monitors and pulse oxymeters.
What made the matters worse was that the absence of oxygen pipeline at the hospital due to which oxygen was supplied to kids with the support of cylinders.
The ICU wasn’t fumigated for months, the report said.
“The children continued to die in December as Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot celebrated the launch of’Nirogi Rajasthan’ effort in the state,” said former health minister Rajendra Rathore.
“The nursing workers, already under-staffed, prefer to stay idle while ward boys rule the roost from the J.K. Lon Hospital,” said an official.
Also, the hospital staff continued with the whitewash in wards where infants suffering from pneumonia were admitted for oxygen.
According to sources, there was no record of 40 heaters. A hospital official said despite Rs 6-crore funds lying with the hospital, no purchase was made.
To him, a gesture suited for the grim situation prevailing in the hospital, a green carpet was given on Friday, when state Health Minister Raghu Sharma visited the hospital. The carpet was rolled back, after drawing criticisms.
A woman died the same day when Sharma visited the hospital as the officers were busy getting the walls cleaned.
Former Health Minister Rajendra Rathore said uncontrolled transfer of experts on political grounds has deprived of availing the best services, the patients.
He said the current government has not had yearly repair contracts of the equipment purchased under its tenure. “There is not any medical review arrangement for the equipment purchased,” Rathore said.
Gehlot in December celebrated one year of the formation of his government and launched the’Nirogi Rajasthan’ campaign.